Sheffield United vs Scunthorpe United - Ebanks-Landell pushing for Blades start in top-of-table clash with Scunthorpe

Posted Thursday, February 16, 2017 by PA

League One leaders Sheffield United defender Ethan Ebanks-Landell may be back in the starting XI after missing last weekend's win at Peterborough but then returning as a second-half substitute in Tuesday's goalless draw at Bristol Rovers.

Ebanks-Landell was on the easy list with hip trouble.

Winger Jay O'Shea will have his eyes on a first full 90 minutes for the table-toppers, in this crunch meeting with second-placed Scunthorpe, having made his debut off the bench and then made way for Ebanks-Landell in midweek.

Striker Leon Clarke is still likely to be out with his ankle injury.

Scunthorpe boss Graham Alexander is hoping for some welcome news on the injury front as his side look to end a run of three games without a win.

The Iron still head into the game in second place in the table but saw their advantage over third-placed Bolton cut to two points after their midweek goalless draw with Walsall.

Sam Mantom may come back into contention after returning to full training on Thursday, but Jordan Clarke remains absent with an ankle injury.

Otherwise Alexander should have a clean bill of health with Kevin van Veen among those pressing to return to the starting line-up.

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